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Asphalt Leaking Into McDowell County Creek After Train Wreck

Reported: Dec. 27, 2013 10:25 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 27, 2013 7:06 PM EST
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KEYSTONE, W.Va. (Jeff Morris, Mamie Buoy) -- Asphalt is leaking into Elkhorn Creek from a train derailment in McDowell County, but the leak is not putting anyone in danger, a railroad official said.

Robin Chapman of Norfolk Southern said 16 cars hauling asphalt, soybean oil meal and cross ties derailed in the incident. Emergency crews have booms in the creek to contain the asphalt leak. WVVA reported the derailment occurred in the Vivian-Landgraff area between Keystone and Kimball,

Chapman said railroad traffic should be restored by 3 p.m. Saturday. No estimate was available when the accident would be totally cleaned up.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Chapman said the train was headed to Linwood, N.C.




KEYSTONE, W.Va. (WVVA, Bob Aaron) -- A hazardous materials team has been called to the scene of a train derailment in McDowell County that involved at least 17 cars and two tankers, WVVA reported.

The TV station said the derailment occurred in the Vivian-Landgraff area between Keystone and Kimball, and some of the contents from one of the tankers may have spilled into Elkhorn Creek. Eyewitness News has learned that one of the tankers was carrying asphalt that could be leaking into the creek.

The Division of Highways, Welch Fire Department and Kimball Fire Department are at the scene.

No injuries have been reported.

The train was traveling from Ohio to North Carolina.



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